Heidi Klum and Alessandra Ambrosio both hit the Victoria's Secret catwalk just weeks after giving birth. Jessica Alba was back in a bikini within months. And Beyonce? It seemed like her bootylicious shape returned in the blink of an eye after the arrival of Blue Ivy.
Many women want their pre-baby bodies back soon after giving birth, but some new moms are now saying the speed with which celebs lose the baby weight is putting unrealistic pressure on everyday women to do the same.
"I think it's great that they [celebrity moms] can get their body back, because they have the time," says Katie Schunk, a mom from Connecticut, in an interview with ABC News. "They're being paid to look good, but we're all working mommies. Jessica Alba was back to her pre-baby weight in like four weeks. At four weeks I was up every three hours and not able to function..."
Schunk is part of CTWorkingMoms.com, the mothers' group that recently made waves across the Web when members bared their bellies for a photo shoot to show the world what "real women's" bodies look like post-baby.
"We have this amazing moment of having a child, and then right after, most women hate their bodies," adds Schunk, who helped come up with the idea for the photo shoot as a way to spread body acceptance among new moms.
Maria Schweitzer is another member of the group.
"We love them all. We're all celebrity worshipers. But at the same time, that's them maybe two months after having a baby, and this," says Schweitzer in the same interview, pointing to herself up and down, "is a year and four months after having a baby."
Outside Connecticut, other moms think the focus on celebrity moms losing weight quickly has unfortunately turned the conversation about new mom health and fitness into little more than a rundown of the latest fad diets. And they think it's time to steer this in a new direction.
"Jessica Simpson is actually my new celebrity role model due to the fact that she's not already back in her Daisy Dukes," says Suzie Cooper of Colts Neck, New Jersey. "I know she's gotten some flak, but I love that she really does seem to be 'one of us' and is not on some crazy lemon juice and cayenne pepper diet."
"If I can't wear my pre-pregnancy jeans for a few more months, I am OK with that," adds Liz White, a mom from York, Maine, who recently gave birth to her second child. "I have crash dieted in the past and it just doesn't work. My new motto is, if it took me nine months to gain this weight, I am giving myself nine months to take it off."